Alleged La Jolla shooter makes first court appearance

Alleged La Jolla shooter makes first court appearance

PetersenSAN DIEGO — For unexplained reasons, arraignment was postponed Friday for a biotech executive who allegedly shot and wounded two La Jolla residents, including his estranged wife’s brother, at homes about a half-mile apart.

Hans Petersen, 49, remains held without bail pending his rescheduled court date on Monday. Formal charges — including possible attempted murder counts — are expected to be filed that day.

During today’s brief court proceeding, Deputy Public Defender Kevin Milmoe told Judge Louis Hanoian that Petersen wanted to delay his arraignment until next week.

Petersen is suspected of firing into a home in the 5700 block of Waverly Drive about 3 a.m. Wednesday, wounding 53-year-old Steven Dowdy, a UC San Diego researcher and former business associate who was  awakened by the gunshots and got up to investigate, according to San Diego police.

Dowdy suffered a bullet wound to his lower back, SDPD public-affairs Lt. Kevin Mayer said.

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